Hundreds of Chelsea fans have gathered outside Stamford Bridge ahead of the Blues’ Premier League clash with Brighton & Hove Albion this evening.
Supporters of not just Chelsea fans but across the globe have been in uproar since Sunday when the breakaway European Super League was launched.
Chelsea are one of 12 “founding members”, which include six from the Premier League, who have signed up to the new competition as an alternative to the Champions League.
Those 12 teams would never be relegated from the competition, one of the biggest causes for concern about football’s integrity as a result. Three more are set to join them at a later date with five qualifiers also being added.
The Premier League’s big-six clubs – Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all signed up.
AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid have all joined as ‘Founding Clubs.
Upon the launch, a statement said of the new competition: “The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model.
“Further, for a number of years, the Founding Clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis.
“The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid.”
Blues head coach Thomas Tuchel had the unenviable task of being the first head coach to have to face the press in the aftermath. Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool followed on Monday evening before Pep Guardiola also took questions on Tuesday.
All three managers explained they knew about as much as we did in regards to the competition in a decision which has quite clearly bene taken and made by those who are well above them in the hierarchy.
There were small protests from Leeds fans at Elland Road ahead of their game against Liverpool last night, while players from the home team wore “EARN IT” t-shirts with a logo of the Champions League on them.
The fan backlash has ramped up a notch this evening as Chelsea prepare to take on Brighton at Stamford Bridge, a game which could see Tuchel’s mean hit third in the League table.
The Fulham Road in west London is awash with supporters who are urging Roman Abramovich to do the right thing and pull Chelsea out of the hugely unpopular competition.